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Anonymous Operation Payback Indictment

Anonymous Operation Payback Indictment

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IN
THEUNITEDSTATES
DISTRICTCOURTFOR
T
EASTERNDISTRICT
OF
VIRGINIA
AlexandriaDivision
^E
OCT
L
2013
CLLUK.
U.S.
DISTRICT
COU
TT
ALEXANDRIA.VIRGINIA
UNITEDSTATES
OF
AMERICA
v.
DENNIS
OWEN
COLLINS,a/k/a"iowa,""owen,""anon5,"JEREMY
LEROYHELLER,
a/k/a"Jeremyhfht,""heelgea,"
ZHIWEICHEN,
a/k/a
"Jack,""TickL,""TickLe,"
"internets,'"Zhiwei,"
JOSHUA
S.
PHY,
a/k/a"Anonyjosh,"
RYAN
RUSSELLGUBELE,
a/k/a"grishnav,"
ROBERT
AUDUBONWHITFIELD,
a/k/a"mightymooch,"
ANTHONY
TADROS,a/k/a
''Winslow,*'
GEOFFREYKENNETHCOMMANDER,
a/k/a"jake,""bipto,"
PHILLIPGARRETTSIMPSON,
a/k/a"jikbag,"
AUSTEN
L.
STAMM,
a/k/a"user_x,"
TIMOTHY
ROBERT
McCLAIN,
WADECARL
WILLIAMS,
a/k/a"TheMiNd,"and
THOMAS
J.
BELL,
Defendants.
Criminal
No.
l:13-cr-383
CountOne:18U.S.C.§371
ConspiracytoIntentionallyCause
Damage
toaProtectedComputer
Forfeiture
Notice
INDICTMENT
OCTOBER2013Term-atAlexandria,Virginia
Case 1:13-cr-00383-LO Document 1 Filed 10/03/13 Page 1 of 28 PageID# 1
 
THEGRAND
JURY
CHARGES
THAT:
COUNT
ONE
At
all
timesrelevant
tothisIndictment:
1.BetweenonoraboutSeptember
16,2010
andatleastJanuary2,2011,defendantsDENNISOWENCOLLINS,JEREMYLEROYHELLER,ZHIWEICHEN,JOSHUAS.PHY,
RYANRUSSELLGUBELE,ROBERTAUDUBONWHITFIELD,ANTHONYTADROS,
GEOFFREYKENNETHCOMMANDER,PHILLIPGARRETTSIMPSON,AUSTENL.STAMM,TIMOTHYROBERTMcCLAIN,WADECARLWILLIAMS,andTHOMASJ.
BELL,togetherwithothersknownandunknowntotheGrandJury,participatedinaworldwide
conspiracyaspartoftheonlinegroup
ANONYMOUS
inacampaigndubbed"OPERATION
PAYBACK"(or"OPERATION:PAYBACKISABITCH,")toengageinacoordinatedseries
of
cyber-attacksagainstvictims.
2.OPERATIONPAYBACKtargetedvictimsworldwide,includinggovernmental
entities,tradeassociations,individuals,lawfirms,andfinancialinstitutions,which
ANONYMOUS
claimedopposeditsstatedphilosophyofmakingallinformationfreeforall,includinginformationprotectedbycopyrightlawsornationalsecurityconsiderations.Asa
result,thedefendants,togetherwithotherANONYMOUSmembersknownandunknowntothe
Grand
Jury,
launched,
or
attempted
to
launch,
cyber-attacks
against
entities
including
the
Recording
IndustryAssociation
of
America("RIAA")
inthe
Eastern
District
of
Virginia,
the
Motion
Picture
Association
of
America("MPAA"),
the
UnitedStatesCopyright
Office
ofthe
Library
of
Congress,Visa,MasterCard,
and
Bank
of
America,
and
causedsignificant
damage
to
victims.
Case 1:13-cr-00383-LO Document 1 Filed 10/03/13 Page 2 of 28 PageID# 2
 
3.FromonoraboutSeptember16,2010throughonoraboutJanuary2,2011,inthe
EasternDistrict
of
Virginia,andelsewhere,defendantsDENNIS
OWEN
COLLINS,
JEREMYLEROY
HELLER,ZHIWEICHEN,
JOSHUA
S.PHY,
RYANRUSSELL
GUBELE,
ROBERT
AUDUBONWHITFIELD,
ANTHONY
TADROS,GEOFFREY
KENNETH
COMMANDER,PHILLIPGARRETTSIMPSON,
AUSTEN
L.
STAMM,
TIMOTHYROBERT
McCLAIN,
WADECARLWILLIAMS,andTHOMAS
J.
BELL,each
knowinglyand
intentionally
conspiredandagreedtogetherandwitheachother,andwithothersknownandunknowntotheGrandJury,includingunindictedco-conspiratorsknownandunknowntotheGrandJury,to
commitanoffenseagainsttheUnitedStates,thatis,toknowingly
cause
thetransmission
of
aprogram,information,code,
and
command,and,asaresult
of
suchconduct,intentionallycause
damage,andattempttocausedamage,withoutauthorization,toaprotectedcomputer,withsuchdamageandattempteddamageduringtheone-yearperiodbeginningonorabout
September16,2010affectingtenor
more
protectedcomputersandcausinglosstovictims
resultingfromthecourse
of
conductaffectingprotectedcomputersaggregatingatleast$5,000in
value,inviolation
of
Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Sections1030(a)(5)(A),1030(b),and
1030(c)(4)(B).
MANNERANDMEANS
OF
THECONSPIRACY
Itwasapart
of
theconspiracythat:4.Defendants
DENNIS
OWEN
COLLINS,
JEREMYLEROY
HELLER,ZHIWEI
CHEN,JOSHUAS.PHY,RYANRUSSELLGUBELE,ROBERTAUDUBONWHITFIELD,
ANTHONY
TADROS,
GEOFFREYKENNETHCOMMANDER,
PHILLIP
GARRETT
SIMPSON,AUSTEN
L.
STAMM,TIMOTHYROBERTMcCLAIN,WADECARL
WILLIAMS,andTHOMASJ.BELL,aspart
of
ANONYMOUS,plannedandexecuteda
3
Case 1:13-cr-00383-LO Document 1 Filed 10/03/13 Page 3 of 28 PageID# 3

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